August 19, 2019

What’s Happening: Shows and Israel Town Hall


“Bar Mitzvah Boys”
The humorous and sweet West Coast Jewish Theatre production, “Bar Mitzvah Boy,” follows a non-observant man in his 60s who decides that he must have a bar mitzvah as soon as possible. He winds up in a class with a female rabbi whose eroding faith is driving her in the opposite direction. Through May 12. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. 2 p.m. Sundays. $25–$35. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130
Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 821-2449. .


Israel Town Hall
U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Acting Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Eitan Weiss participate in a Middle East Town Hall. They analyze this month’s re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the general state of politics across the Middle East. They also discuss U.S. military aid to Israel. 7:30–9 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 501-9200.


“We Were The Exodus”
In the spirit of Passover week, the French film, “We Were the Exodus,” recounts the tragic 1947 story of 4,500 Jews from displaced persons camps in Germany who boarded Exodus 1947, a ship bound for British-ruled Palestine and freedom, only to be refused entry. The showdown resulted in the deaths of a Jewish crewmember and two passengers. Ultimately, authorities returned the desperate Jews to the displaced persons camps in Germany. A post-screening Q-and-A features five people with direct links to the Exodus 1947 ship, including Bella Rotenberg and Ariel Flat, who were children on the ship. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.


“Old Jews Telling Jokes
Co-created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, and directed by Jeremy Quinn, the off-Broadway show, “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” is like rye bread and kosher pickles — it’s for everyone (ages 18 and over, that is). The raunchy and suggestive comedic program pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present, and celebrates the rich tradition of Jewish humor — from the fed-up husbands to the complaining wives, the patience-challenged physicians to the gossiping ladies. Through June 16. Thursdays and Saturdays 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays 8 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $45–$65. Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. (855) 448-7469.

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